Women SHINE is….

a web-based peer navigation intervention to help cisgender women living with HIV/AIDS improve their HIV care and mental well-being. The intervention includes access to one-on-one peer navigation sessions, weekly group sessions, and social support. Half of the women enrolled in the study will be randomly assigned to the intervention group and have access to the intervention activities.


The purpose of this study is to test a program to help women living with HIV to engage
and stay in HIV care. Some women living with HIV face challenges staying in care such
as dealing with depression or social isolation, stigma, and/or lack of social support. The
goal of the Women SHINE program is to provide skills to help women deal with some of
these challenges to improve engagement in HIV care.

Your Role

If you are eligible and choose to join the study, your participation in the study would last for twelve months, with four total video visits (e.g., Zoom) – an initial video visit in the next few days, a second video visit four months after your first visit, a third video visit 8 months after your first visit, and the last video visit 12 months after your first visit. Each video visit will take between 60 – 90 minutes to complete, including a 45-minute survey. After each video visit, we will also mail a hair collection kit to you with instructions on how to collect a small hair sample at home. We will ask you to collect your hair at home and mail it back to us.


You will be compensated for your time. For completing each of the four video visits, you will receive $50 (per visit). Each time you collect your hair sample and mail it to us (up to four times), you will also receive $25. If you complete all study activities (4 visits, 4 hair samples), you will receive an extra $25. In addition, you will be asked to completed between one to seven psycho-education sessions. You will be paid $20 per session. Your total compensation for completing all parts of the study can be up to $465. We can provide this compensation in the form of an e-gift card.

Study Funding

National Institute on Mental Health, Grant #: 1R01MH125785